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Sculpture 101
The art of sculpting is a multi-step, multi-discipline process, but can be broken down into four major steps: modeling, molding, casting and finishing.
Modeling: Metal goods from hardware stores are used to construct an armature, or skeleton, for the piece being sculpted. This armature supports the weight of the clay and keeps it from collapsing. An oil-based clay is then added to the armature in small pieces - the artist shapes, or sculpts, the clay as he or she continually adds small amounts of clay. The sculptor often works from a sketch, photograph, or from imagination. This stage is the most creative, and one of the most time consuming, in the sculpting process.
Step Two - Molding
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